Panel Discussion: Race, Labour, Capital
January 28, 2019
4:00 pm-5:15 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
This panel will probe the interconnections between race, labour, and capital through three presentations, and will be followed by a question-answer session with the audience. Specifically the panel will consider and address questions of how labour regimes are constituted within capitalism; and the ways in which the category of race can be understood through this process. How, in other words, do we relate the process of identity, taking racialization as our historical
category, to questions of capital, labour and market relations?
Our distinguished speakers include:
Professor Iyko Day, Department of English, Mount Holyoke College - Prof. Day's research focuses on the intersection of Asian racialization, Indigeneity, and capitalism in North America. She is the author of Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism (Duke, 2016).
Professor John Higginson, Department of History, UMass Amherst - Prof. Higginson's vast body of work, including his upcoming book The Hidden Cost of Industrialization: State Violence and the Economic Transformation of Southern Africa, 1900-1980, has investigated connections between race, state violence, and economic development in a number of African contexts as well as comparative studies of South Africa and the southern United States.
Professor Traci Parker, WEB Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies,
UMass Amherst - Prof. Parker's current research examines the movement to racially integrate labour and consumption in American department stores and its role in the mid-20th century black freedom movement, connecting ideas of democracy and citizenship to consumerism, purchasing power, and collective labour.